Education and Labor Market Activity of Women: An Age-Group Specific Empirical Analysis

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 09-099/2

54 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2009

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Claudia Muench

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sweder van Wijnbergen

Universiteit van Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: November 13, 2009

Abstract

We analyze the determinants of female labor market participation for different age-groups in the European Union. We show that female participation is positively affected by tertiary education at any age. But upper secondary education increases participation only up to an age of 40 while after that it has no effect or even a negative impact The results are tested for robustness and controlled for endogeneity. The results show that increasing educational attainment levels in the female population will contribute significantly to higher aggregate participation rates. However,in simulations up to 2050 such benefits are partially offset by a negative aging effect.

Keywords: female labour market participation, fertility, educational achievements, aging

JEL Classification: J22, J1

Suggested Citation

Muench, Claudia and van Wijnbergen, Sweder, Education and Labor Market Activity of Women: An Age-Group Specific Empirical Analysis (November 13, 2009). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 09-099/2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1505279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1505279

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Sweder Van Wijnbergen

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